This worldly store showcases imports like Indonesia’s Sifr shoes, Amsterdam’s Denham jeans, and France’s Hixsept menswear. The spot employs a Google-imitating “20 Percent Time” program, which allows clerks to devote a portion of the workweek to creative endeavors. Former Wasteland buyer Jonathan Hoyt scouts vintage clothing for the racks; Adam Lam builds store furniture; and Julie Lemke designs her Voyager-stocked jewelry label, Auger + Ore.
365 Valencia St.
Esqueleto is Spanish for “skeleton,” a nod to owner Lauren Wolf’s training—she learned metalsmithing in Mexico—and preferred raw materials. Her jewelry melds natural elements like bones, shells, and fossilized coral with delicate gray pearls and diamonds. She showcases her line alongside baubles from a dozen others in this gallery-like, Southwest-inspired boutique, including locals like Rebecca Overmann, Sarah Swell, and Jessica Winzelberg.
482A 49th St., Oakland
HAYES VALLEY STEVEN ALAN
Cool-kid designer and retailer Steven Alan has been snapping up storefronts in New York and Los Angeles for years. But lately, he’s doubled down on San Francisco, opening two of his eponymous unisex stores—a mile apart—in the span of six months. The original showcases local brands like Micaela Greg knitwear (known for irresistibly soft leggings) and Melissa Joy Manning jewelry, alongside well-made, unfussy pieces from labels like Whit and Engineered Garments.
445 Hayes St.
PACIFIC HEIGHTS CURVE
Curve takes the cult-label cachet of the designer floor at Barneys—Alexander McQueen, Theyskens’ Theory, Burberry Prorsum—and distills the spoils into a manageable, well-edited boutique. The sweet spot here is in the tasteful mix of high and low, from T by Alexander Wang tees to laser-cut Antonio Berardi gowns and Alexander McQueen heels. The store’s vetted stylists will pull them all together for events ranging from beach getaways to black-tie galas.
2360 Fillmore St.